I’m Alison Clarke (usually called Ali), a New Zealand historian living on the beautiful Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. I work half-time at the Hocken Collections, and spend the rest of my working life on various history projects – see the ‘historical interests’ and ‘publications’ pages for more details.
I’ve been blogging for a couple of years at University of Otago 1869-2019 about my current major project, a 150th anniversary history of that university, and I also write the occasional post for The Hocken Blog. The inspiration to start the university history blog came from my experience with my previous book, Born to a changing world: childbirth in nineteenth-century New Zealand. After the book came out people got in touch with interesting additional information on some of the women I’d written about, and helped me identify a photograph of a previously unidentified woman and baby. This brought home to me the value of sharing research before formal publication!
I’ve started this blog so I can share stories about some of my ‘other’ research – in other words, not the history of the university stuff. Sometimes it will be information relating to new projects, and sometimes something new on an older research topic. Sometimes posts will simply relate to some obscure topic or other I feel the urge to write about! Happy reading, and your comments on anything I write here are most welcome. You can also find me on twitter – @clarke_ali – where I post cat photos and the occasional other item.
This is a personal blog. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Otago.
It’s July 2016 and I’m flat out writing my current book and running the university history blog. That means I have no time to write on this one! I hope to add some new posts to Clarke’s Quill once my other project draws to a conclusion at the end of 2017.